The truth about leadership is that you will encounter failures and make mistakes. Remember every leader goes through times of failure however not every leader successfully moves through it. Some allow failures to stop them while others turn them into stepping stones. Below are three ways you can successfully move through a failure:
1. Have a realistic awareness
The definition of being realistic is “Showing awareness and acceptance of reality.” During a failure it can be difficult to process or admit what has happened. But to move through a failure it requires that a leader understands the situation and acknowledges what has happened. Being aware can allow you to move quickly and smoothly away from the failure. It’s important to remember that a failure and situation is not permanent. At some point your failure will be in the past and if you have handled it correctly you will be able to move toward success.
2. Cultivate and maintain your attitude
If you want to successfully move through a failure it requires that you maintain your attitude while controlling your emotions. Failure can stir many different emotions, like anger or frustration. Having these types of emotions is normal but we can’t allow our emotions to cause us to react negatively or cause us to have a bad attitude. To control our emotions and attitude requires both self-awareness and self-control. During a failure focus and put effort into cultivating a positive and optimistic attitude. Acknowledge your emotions but don’t allow them to drive your actions or attitude.
3. Put on a learning cap
A leader should allow failures to become learning and growth opportunities. Though a failure can be painful and hard we can still gain knowledge and learn from what has happened. This happens when a leader takes time during and after a failure to reflect and think about the situation. When a leader does this it allows them to see what they could or should have done differently, then make the necessary adjustments to changes so it doesn’t happen again. If you learn through a failure it has the potential to excel you forward. Don’t allow the failure or bad situation to prevent you from gaining wisdom and insights that are in the failure.
Questions: What are some other ways a leader can move from failure to success?How have you successfully moved through a failure?